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California Insurance Board to Pursue Pediatric Dentistry Coverage

Aug 9, 2013

The board of California’s health insurance exchange is looking for ways to add children’s dental insurance to the health plan it will roll out under the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

California’s health insurance exchange board has taken a step toward adding children’s dental insurance to the health plans it will offer under the Affordable Care Act. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.

The Covered California board wants to give consumers dental insurance options other than as stand-alone plans. To that end the board has voted unanimously to explore ways to add the coverage to its medical insurance plan by 2015. Elizabeth Landsberg with the Western Center on Law and Poverty says low income parents need a variety of affordable options. 

"This is about kids and keeping kids healthy and I think we all share the goal of keeping kids healthy. Embedded dental plans are going to help with that," says Landsberg.

Some state dental industry groups say stand-alone plans can be an affordable choice. Nicette Short is with the California Dental Association. 

The rates that are going to be available through the stand alone dental plans for families in the exchange are very affordable," says Short.

Covered California will continue to study the option of embedding pediatric dental coverage into the medical insurance exchange before 2015.